The last privately-owned migrant rescue ship operating on the central Mediterranean trafficking route is making its final journey to the port of Marseille. Before setting off, rescuers transferred 58 shipwrecked people to the Maltese coastguard.
The NGOs that chartered the Aquarius cited a "smear campaign" by European governments as the reason for its ceasing operations. The ship has been stranded in Marseille since losing its registration.
Dozens of NGOs have called on the EU to end the controversial policy, saying it undermines the bloc's values. Despite several attempts, EU leaders have made little progress on a bloc-wide solution to irregular migration.
The latest standoff between Italy and the EU over sea rescues has ended, with the 47 migrants disembarking in Sicily. But German charity Sea-Watch now fears it could be prosecuted and have its boat impounded.
The Sea Watch 3 ship has been unable to reach a European port for weeks due to governments refusing to take in the migrants it is carrying. The situation on board has become critical, warned the German NGO.
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